“her fluidity,technique and versatility. Demonstrate, once again, her ability, both from the technical and artistic point of view.”
Born in Caracas into a family of musicians, daughter of ethnomusicologist and pianist Alvaro Fernaud and soprano Ana Fernaud, Vanessa began her early formation under the tutelage of her father, later entering the “Juan Manuel Olivares” Conservatory. She studied cello, continuing at the university level in chamber music with André Poulet, (a disciple of Paul Tortelier and André Navarra).
Her outstanding skills in her studies are soon apparent and she wins an award from the Organization of American States (“Organización de los Estados Americanos O. E.A.), given for relevant “artistic conditions”. She also wins the “ Young Soloists” contest, organized in Caracas , where she plays with the Venezuelan Symphonic Orchestra at the theatre “Teresa Carreño”, Venezuela´s top theatre.
Later she moves to Rome where she continues her studies in chamber music at the “L´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia”, studying cello with Nicolae Sarpe, she also participates in a contest run by celebrate cellist André Navarra at the “L´Accademia Chigiana “ in Sienna. In Rome she receives the award “Merito allo Studio” given by the Italo Latin American Institute. Later she works in Madrid in “musical interpretation” under the guidance of the Argentine pianist and pedagogue, Antonio De Racco.
She has been a member of the International Chamber Orchestra of Rome, and the Cello Arts Ensemble of Rome.
She has given numerous performances, including an invitation to the Bordeaux Festival during the “Bach year”, giving a wonderful interpretation of Bach´s sonatas and the sonata of Cesar Franck.
She has recorded three of the six suites for cello by Bach for the label Several Records. She is presently preparing three new recordings with works by Bach, Kodaly and Britten for the same recording company.
“The version that I have listened to (of sonata in mi minor, by Brahms), performed by Vanessa Fernaud, cello, and Sebastian Mariné, piano, truly achieves the desired style and expression. The non troppa allegro at the beginning, from the expressive opening legato, shows a high level of execution in the cello, the passion and technique reaching that immortant performance by Starker and Katchen. In conclusion, an exemplary performance.”
“...The version of this piece (sonata in sol minor, by Chopin) in the performance by Vanessa Fernaud and Sebastián Mariné is magnificently executed, with a depth and feeling that reaches moments of the highest inspiration...”
Daniel Salas, musical critic. Daily “El Nacional. Caracas